Make sure to take any prescribed medication as directed while you heal. As you recover, keep your bellybutton area clean and dry. Unless you have dissolvable stitches, you’ll need to have your stitches removed about 7 to 10 days after surgery.
You should expect pain around your belly button and plan for approximately 6 weeks of recovery time, during which you will not be able to exercise. You should be able to return to work or school in just a few days, however.
How long does tummy tuck take to heal internally?
Share on Pinterest It can take around 8 weeks to recover from tummy tuck surgery. Typically, a person can expect to feel themselves again around 8 weeks after surgery.
What happens if tummy tuck drains are removed too soon?
Removing drains too soon may result in fluid buildup, seroma, and the need for fluid aspiration and/or a second surgery. Generally speaking, most patients who require tummy tuck drains are able to have them removed after about 1 – 3 weeks.
What happens if you don’t remove stitches?
If left in too long, your skin may grow around and over the stitches. Then a doctor would need to dig out the stitches, which sounds horrible. That can lead to infections, which, again, not good.
How do you know when stitches are ready to come out?
It is essential that people do not remove their stitches until the wound has had sufficient time to heal. General guidelines on how long to wait before removing stitches are: 10–14 days for stitches on the body. 7 days for stitches on the head or neck.
How painful is stitch removal?
Removal of Stitches
Removing stitches is a much faster process than putting them in. The doctor simply clips each thread near the knot and pulls them out. You may feel a slight tugging sensation, but the removal of stitches shouldn’t hurt at all. You won’t even need an anesthetic.
Don’t be surprised if you notice an onset of thick yellow drainage from your incision or umbilicus between 10-20 days after your surgery. This represents liquified fat cell-NOT puss. This is NOT unusual. If this occurs, cover the area with dry gauze until the drainage stops.
Umbilical/Belly Button Care
When it is removed, apply Polysporin (Neosporin) ointment to the incision around the umbilicus/belly button. This can be done 2 times per day for 2 days only. Continuing longer than 2 days may result in skin irritation.
The mini tummy tuck has its limitations. If you lower the belly button too much than it will look unnaturally low. This can only be determined during your consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.
What happens if you don’t wear compression garment after tummy tuck?
Without compression helping your body reabsorb fluid, post-op swelling can linger much longer than necessary. Your results will look better overall. Compression helps your skin contract to its new contours, which is especially important for optimal liposuction results.
Why is my stomach not flat after a tummy tuck?
Sometimes people do not have a totally flat abdomen after tummy tuck even though the excess skin and fat is removed due to the fact that the intra-abdominal contents still remain intact and are still behind the tightened abdominal muscles.
Why is my stomach big after tummy tuck?
Swelling in the lower abdomen after tummy tuck surgery is normal, and is part of the recovery process. The swelling is due to changes in your lymphatic drainage system. With a tummy tuck, your abdominal skin has been relocated, in a process similar to a face lift.